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08-01-06, 03:33 PM #16
I live in Las Vegas, and I was involved with a rich woman, that had rich friends. They rather looked down on me because I'm a cop. The thought struck me one day, that if I hit 'mega-bucks' I could buy my way into their life style....disgusting thought.
However, no amount of money could buy them what I am..that has to earned.
And all of a sudden..I felt rather bad for them
08-01-06, 03:36 PM #17
Your dads a pussy.
08-01-06, 03:52 PM #18
My dad had some insecurities that he had to deal with when it came to my decision but now he is so proud. He had gone out and bought lots a Marine Corps stuff and wishes me the best. Most of my criticism has been from friends. Most of my friends plan to join the military as well, it is the ones that donít plan to join that donít seem to understand. A lot of people donít see that it is a choice not a last resort for the majority of those who join. I could have and originally planned to go to college, but decided that enlisting in the Corps was better. I just say that it is the only thing I can see myself doing, loving, and making a difference all at the same time. Most people get over the fact that you chose what you chose and see that the Marine Corps and the military in general is a great thing that should a person should be proud of.
Good luck with your dad, i really hope things go well for you.
08-01-06, 04:08 PM #19
K8 Mac, the best thing is...... You can still go to college while in the Corps, so you actually get the best of both worlds.
jm4magic, the only person whose opinion you should be concerned about is yourself. You are an adult and a man, now act like it and do what is in your heart, not someone elses...
08-01-06, 04:18 PM #20
It's clear your dad needs an education in the military, especially the proud heritage and tradition of the Marine Corps. And that's why I love this site. There are many Marines here who came from a variety of backgrounds as well as Poolees who enlisted to serve. And so what if some people enlist to escape poverty and do something with their lives? Isn't that what America is all about? Opporunity to do better in life, regardless of where you start off?
Print up those articles that were posted here in the thread and show that to your dad. And hopefully some more statistics and anecdotal evidence of the kind of people who serve will be posted, too.
All I can say is my grandfather was a Marine and I couldn't be prouder of him and the eight years he gave to his country, the willingness to fight for freedom and all the rights and priveliges your dad unfortunately takes for granted.
I could write a novel about all the people I know who have served in the military who have gone on to great things and come from a variety of backgrounds. The military is not about socio-economic status. It is about service to your country, about patriotism, about protecting and defending the ideals we as Americans hold dear.
08-01-06, 04:41 PM #21Originally Posted by kovanfleet
When I joined the Corps our country was not at war! When the sh*t hit the fan in Beirut I was quick to volunteer for deployment! Even though I had joined for a technical MOS, I still wanted the chance to go romp some raghead A**!
When we were evacuating several Embassies in Monrovia, Liberia during their revolution in 1990 I was a Sergeant of Marines and had troops that would wine and complain. They said they joined the Corps during peace time to earn the money for college. I simply told them they should've joined the Army or Navy. In the Corps you represent God & Country. USMC - U Signed The M-F'in Contract, shut up and fight! The same with the Sh*t Birds you know... What they need is a real good blanket party.
Associate yourself with real Marines and you will be a real Marine one day. Associate yourself with sh*tbirds and you will become one.
That's all I have to say!
08-01-06, 05:00 PM #22
Wow, my friend.. a GREAT post! No truer words.. good advice. I've met a few "****-birds" as well. Him and another buddy of mine are over in Iraq right now.. shipped a couple weeks back. GOD Bless 'Em!
Originally Posted by wsimkins
08-01-06, 05:03 PM #23Originally Posted by wsimkins
08-01-06, 05:03 PM #24
08-01-06, 05:07 PM #25
I agree with wsimkins. For every 1 Marine you will meet that is another Anthony Swofford, you will meet 100 that will always love the Corps forever.
08-01-06, 05:08 PM #26
I want to stress.. although I, and others may have said some rather nasty things about your father.. you MUST realize, there is nothing against you or anything you should be ashamed of.
You are a very HONORABLE and COURAGEOUS young man for deciding to serve your Country and (your soon-to-be) Corps!
Like I always say.. and feel.. God Bless ya.. and everyone like you. Poolees, Wannabe's, and MARINES alike.. GOD BLESS YA!
Stay Motivated, you got the Marine Corps on your side.. always remember that!!
You're a Poolee of Leatherneck.com .. you have no worries.. stay Motivated and stick to the GOAL!
08-01-06, 05:12 PM #27Originally Posted by kovanfleet
Thanks Jon. Keep your mind in the right place. The ones that bad mouth the Corps will more than likely miss it when they get out. Civilian life is a drag!
08-01-06, 05:15 PM #28
Your Father will come around. He loves you I'm sure and once he gets over the shell shock will support you 100%.
08-01-06, 06:37 PM #29
whoa whoa this isnt about me, lol I beleive I wrote "I want to know what some of the criticism you poolies are receiving from so called friends and family" thanks alot for the comments though. The only thing my dad gave me was life.
08-01-06, 06:42 PM #30
I make a whole lot more money now then I will as a PVT in the Corps. My reasons for joining have nothing to do with monetary gain. If I wanted to join the military for money I'd join the Army and get a part of their billion dollar enlistment bonus program.
I have a lot of ppl that make stupid comments about me joining, but as my sig. says, "Until they kill me" I'll do what I want. **** em!
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